Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world. It is non-denominational and non-political. However it still does not allow female members in Ireland. The organisation stems from the time when it was necessary to verify the qualifications of travelling stone masons as the moved from one site to the next. The organisation also helped with education and welfare of members. In recent years the main focus of members has been on fundraising.
The Lodge is the basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Ireland, which was formed in Dublin in 1725, is the second most senior in the world. The Grand Lodge of England was founded in 1717. The Carlow Masonic Lodge was constituted in 1789. It is located on the Athy Road, Carlow, Ireland. Known as the Carlow Royal Arch Chapter 116 the members meet in the Masonic Hall once a month.
The first Grand Lodge of Masons was founded in London in the year 1717 On This Day.
Masonic Lodge sign
Carlow Masonic Lodge, Athy Road, Carlow, Ireland.